Frantic action games occupy a weird space on iOS, offering right-to-the-point entertainment that's ideal for portable games while often lacking the precise controls such games demand, due to the missing physical buttons. Soul Grinder stands out by doing something uncommon: It offers an experience that not only fits its platform in terms of length and straightforward design, but also by featuring a control scheme that provides just the proper amount of control for an App Store action affair.
It's a very special rumor-laden Labor Day version of the hot news of the week. Did you hear Apple has a new iPhone in production? Well, of course you did. But what else did you hear about it? Anything? Anything at all? Well, we just so happen to have some choice iPhone 5S/C rumors (with video!) and a few other things in the pipeline. So if you aren't already sitting outside grilling for the weekend, have at the week's top news and innuendo.
Sometimes we head into Labor Day Weekend with our head held up high, thinking about autumn setting in. You know, the leaves changing, the waning summer heat, and the onset of post-season baseball. Unless you're a San Francisco Giants fan, because that is simply not happening this year. What better way to cope with the pending disappointment than a nice luscious bottle of red?
Our first monthly recap looks back at the games we reviewed during the month of August, with a total of 24 iOS and Mac games presented here in bite-sized, to-the-point encapsulations. And if you want to read more, simply click the link on each slide to read the full, scored critique and find the link to purchase each game. August was headlined by intriguing Mac adventures like BioShock Infinite and Gone Home, while iOS highlights included Asphalt 8: Airborne, Rymdkapsel, and Plants vs. Zombies 2, but there's plenty more fresh gaming action found within.
At this point, the "champagne" iPhone 5S and the low-cost iPhone 5C must count as two of the most leaked devices in Apple history. We've seen plenty of photos of the last couple of weeks, but now, as 9to5Mac reports, we're even starting to see videos allegedly showing versions of the units around two weeks of their supposed announcement on September 10.
Each week, we highlight a selection of the most interesting, exciting, and unique new iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch titles released on the App Store. Terraria and Junk Jack X – a couple of distinct side-scrolling takes on the Minecraft formula – battle it out this week, while the free-to-play Madden NFL 25 and Racing Rivals both aim to be your new freebie time sink of choice. And if you're a fan of The Room on iPad or iPhone, a brand new update adds a fresh epilogue chapter in advance of a full sequel due out later this year.
When you're young, occasionally forgetting things is more of an inconvenience than anything. But as you get older and it happens more often, it can become disconcerting. What starts as misplacing your keys becomes an inability to recall names or even access your own memories. But we can work against the wear and tear that time causes our brain, and if you have an iOS device, these eight apps will help you improve your memory and cognitive functions. Sharpening your memory only serves to benefit you in both the short and long term, and you never know which forgotten thought or location of a long-lost item may suddenly back pop into your head.
Must. Dig. Deeper. With its cool retro 2D aesthetic and exhaustive range of open-ended adventuring pursuits to follow, Terraria is a habit-forming romp through massive 16-bit-inspired worlds filled with secrets to explore, crazy stuff to build, and an absurd level of components to collect and build with. Minecraft fans, take note: This is a similarly addictive and creative experience, albeit one viewed through the lens of the Super Nintendo era of gaming. Far from a straight port from the previous PC and console releases, this portable version of the indie hit packs (almost) all of the wonder and depth of the original, alongside a few really excellent tweaks that make playing on iOS a real treat.
On home consoles, Madden NFL 25 celebrates the series' titular anniversary with yet another quality entry built around a strong, refined core. Irritatingly, on iPhone and iPad, the game of the same name is by and large a nightmare of free-to-play roadblocks, initially limiting access to most of the on-field plays, charging in-game coins for some of those that are available, and requiring slowly-replenishing energy to even play the game. But the saddest part is that such limitations surround what's ultimately not a very good representation of the sport.
There are more than 150 million iPads in use around the globe, but accessing Mac or Windows desktop applications from them can be an exercise in frustration. The folks behind Parallels Desktop have come up with an ingenious solution to this situation, but only for those who can afford the rather daunting per-computer subscription fee. Together with a Mac or Windows-based agent, Parallels Access “applifies” desktop applications to make them iPad-friendly, complete with audio.